William C. Miller, MD, PhD

Department of Epidemiology


Dr. Bill Miller is an infectious diseases epidemiologist with a focus on the intersection of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and substance use. Also trained as an infectious diseases physician, he has worked globally and domestically to prevent transmission of HIV and STIs, and improve the care of people with HIV or STIs. Dr. Miller returned to UNC in 2023 after seven years at Ohio State, where he served as Chair, Division of Epidemiology and Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Public Health. Dr. Miller also serves as the President of the Society of Epidemiologic Research in 2023-24.

Honors and Awards

Achievement Award
2021, American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association

Community Engaged Champion Award
2020, The Ohio State University

16th Annual Robert J. Fass, MD Lecture
2018, The Ohio State University

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Lectureship
2018, 32nd Annual Indiana University School of Medicine Class of 1947

Honorary Faculty Inductee
2017, OSU Chapter Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society

Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction
2009, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Activities

Dr. Miller has worked with academic and governmental partners globally and domestically, focusing on many STI-related areas such as partner services, spatial epidemiology, sexual and social networks, STI surveillance, and access to services. His recent work has focused on improving the care of people who inject drugs in Ohio and Vietnam, improving partners services in Malawi, and improving our understanding of the transmission of syphilis in men who have sex with men.

Service Activities

Dr. Miller has worked with the CDC and WHO to improve the usefulness of research and enhance the quality of surveillance data for STIs and HIV.

Key Publications

The Rural Opioid Initiative Consortium description: providing evidence to understand the fourth wave of the opioid crisis. Jenkins RA, Whitney BM, Nance RM, Allen TM, Cooper HLF, Feinberg J, Fredericksen R, Friedmann PD, Go VF, Jenkins WD, Korthuis PT, Miller WC, Pho MT, Rudolph AE, Seal DW, Smith GS, Stopka TJ, Westergaard RP, Young AM, Zule WA, Delaney JAC, Tsui JI, Crane HM, Rural Opioid Initiative. (2022). Addict Sci Clin Pract, 17.

Lost and found: applying network analysis to public health contact tracing for HIV. . Pasquale DK, Doherty IA, Leone PA, Dennis AM, Samoff E, Jones CS, Barnhart J, Miller WC.  (2021). Appl Netw Sci., 6.

“Now we are seeing the tides wash in”: Trauma and the opioid epidemic in rural Appalachian Ohio. . Schalkoff CA, Richard EL, Piscalko HM, Sibley AL, Brook DL, Lancaster KE, Miller WC, Go VF.  (2021). Subst Use Misuse, 56.

Randomized controlled pilot study of antiretrovirals and a behavioral intervention for persons with acute HIV infection: opportunity for interrupting transmission. Miller WC, Rutstein SE, Phiri S, Kamanga G, Nsona D, Pasquale DK, Rucinski KB, Chen JS, Golin CE, Powers KA, Dennis AM, Hosseinipour MC, Eron JJ, Chege W, Hoffman IF, Pettifor AE. (2024). Open Forum Infect Dis., 6(1).

A scalable, integrated intervention to engage people who inject drugs in HIV care and medication-assisted treatment (HPTN 074): a randomised, controlled phase 3 feasibility and efficacy study. . Miller WC, Hoffman IF, Hanscom BS, Ha TV, Dumchev K, Djoerban Z, Rose SM, Latkin CA, Metzger DS, Lancaster KE, Go VF, Dvoriak S, Mollan KR, Reifeis SA, Piwowar-Manning EM, Richardson P, Hudgens MG, Hamilton EL, Sugarman J, Eshleman SH, Susami H, Chu VA, Djauzi S, Kiriazova T, Bui DD, Strathdee SA, Burns DN.  (2018). Lancet, 392.


  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
  • MD, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1989
  • MD, Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1985
  • AB, Psychology, Princeton University, 1981